Get Ready for the GSA Multiple Award Schedule Contract Consolidation
One of the cornerstone initiatives of the General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Marketplace Strategy is a plan to modernize and simplify the buying and selling experience for customers, suppliers, and acquisition professionals. This initiative, known as Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) Consolidation, seeks to modernize Federal acquisition by consolidating 24 Multiple Award Schedules into a single Schedule for products and services.
The Multiple Award Schedules consolidation is being carried out in three phases. Next month, the second phase will come into effect. Now is the time to get a better understanding of how these changes will impact your work.
- Phase 1 – On October 1, 2019, GSA launched the streamlined 99–Multiple Award Schedule and began accepting new offers.
- Phase 2 – January 2020, existing schedule contracts will be subject to Massive Modification (Mass Mod) to align with the new Schedule.
- Phase 3 – During FY 2020, the consolidation of multiple Schedule vehicles to one Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) will make it easier for agencies to find the appropriate group of industry partners to meet their missions.
Government-Wide Category Structure
The new Schedule is organized by large categories, subcategories, and SINs, structured similarly to the current Government-Wide Category Structure. Under Mass Mod, contracts will fall under 12 major categories, each of which has 5-11 subcategories and 6-41 Special Item Numbers (SINs). The major categories are:
- Furniture & Furnishings
- Human Capital
- Industrial Products & Services
- Information Technology
- Office Management
- Professional Services
- Scientific Management & Solutions
- Security & Protection
- Transportation & Logistic Services
Live Webinar on January 2020 Changes
How will the changes coming in January 2020 will impact current Schedule contracts due to the new consolidated MAS structure? Attend one of the two live presentations by the Multiple Award Schedule Program Management Office (MAS PMO) Director Stephanie Shutt to find out and have your questions answered by GSA subject matter experts. Click a link below to register for one of the live sessions. Can’t make either time? No problem. The session recordings will be posted on GSA Interact.
New Contract Website
Contract opportunity website FedBizOpps.gov (FBO.gov) has been retired and replaced by beta.Sam.gov, which offers several features that provide improved user experience, for example:
- User-friendly design and navigation
- Narrow opportunity searches by number, keyword, or location
- Find key information quickly with headers
- Easily access previously published opportunity notices
- Set up notifications for updates to your preferred contract opportunities
- Change alert preferences
- Easy access to IAE system data
Check out these resources to understand more about Federal acquisitions.
- Acquisition Gateway
- Consolidated Solicitation Advance Notice
- GSA Acquisition Policy Library
- GSA Schedules News and Updates
- MAS Group blog
- Multiple Award Schedules group on Interact
- Overview of MAS Consolidation
2019 National Contract Management Association (NCMA) Government Contract Management Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia on December 9-10, 2019
Don’t miss the presentation of the new NCMA and Management Concepts whitepaper on Monday, December 9, 2019, at 1:30 PM-2:45 PM in the Washington Room:
Preparing for the Future of Contracting
Facilitated by Denean Machis, Chief Professional Development Officer, NCMA, Claire Grady (former DoD/DPAP and former undersecretary for Management at DHS) and Ashley Lewis, CEO, Wynne Acquisition Solutions (former Head of Contracting for the Coast Guard and former Executive Director for Policy & Acquisition at DHS); and General Cameron Holt.
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